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Local and Regional Sources: Columbia


  • Google searches on specific Columbia shows
      • Example: Clyde Ruffin
      • Example: Brian Treece

Historical Organizations

State Historical Society of Missouri
-Good for information on Missouri history, will have some on local and Mizzou history.  They are located just north of Peace Park at 605 Elm Street.  During COVID-19, they are open by appointment.  Reserve a time at least two business days in advance,

University Archives - University of Missouri
- UA collects information related to MU history including official documents.  Please call (573) 882-7567 or send an email to  Most of their materials are located off-campus and must be brought to their office to use.

Boone County Historical Society
-They collect information related to Boone County history.

Daniel Boone Regional Library Community History Archive


Using Discover@MU, search Columbia Missouri history and similar keywords to find books about Columbia's history.  Many may turn up in the State Historical Society of Missouri. Those items cannot be checked out but must be used in their reading room. 

Sample titles

  • A History of Columbia and Boone County by John C. Crighton
  • Columbia's Historic Sharp End by Rudi Keller


Content compiled by Anne Barker and Gwen Gray.